They approach you praising your site, and then modestly ask if you could link to a page on their site. The page fits, but the site is obviously commercial. This is the linkback request scheme that is being increasingly used. This is not a scam, but it is quite amusing! [more →]
Bogus Indian tech support companies like Apturo cold-call individuals in English-speaking countries claiming to represent Microsoft and to know that their victims' computers are infected with viruses and other issues which they 'fix' remotely for an extortionate fee. [more →]
The European City Guide is another business directory scam operating our of Spain. This scam is more obvious than the Expo-Guide scam probably due to being subject to EU legislation, but you could still end up paying €2991.00 (3 edition contract at €997 per edition). [more →]
Fixed Fee Google Adwords and Facebook Advertising schemes are being aggressively marketed by a slew of companies that can end up costing a lot more money and a huge amount of agro than if you simply did the advertising yourself. [more →]
If you are paying for anything online with PayPal, think before you buy or it could end up costing you. This is because PayPal offer no protection to customers buying intangibles, services and other items. [more →]
Beware of domain renewal scams that email out "reminders" for the renewal of domains that you own, but which in fact are scams that will charge you up to 7 or 8 times normal renewal prices. [more →]
Expo Guide is an international organisation based in Mexico that deceives people into signing up to their online expo directory at www.expo-guide.com before sending them an extortionate bill. Thousands worldwide have fallen for this scam. [more →]
Every now and then, an online directory scam rears its ugly head. The latest can be found at eurobusinessguide.net and is run by a company called EU Business Services Ltd. [more →]
Each of us has a responsibility to sue our doctors for negative treatment outcomes so that they learn responsibility and to look beyhond their limited treatment programs. [more →]
TV Licensing is guilty of harassment and intimidation by assuming that those without TV licenses are lawbreakers. But many are ordinary people who swapped their TV for a real LIFE. [more →]
You know the one in the spherical bottle. Well it turns out that POM has been funding animal testing in order to be able to make health claims. On 17 Jan, consumer pressure finally forced POM to stop its animal abuse. But questions remain. [more →]
Albrecht Haushofer's Last Sonnet - Ray McGovern
Haushofer was a German professor at the University of Berlin between 1940 and 1944. He was also Hess' advisor on foreign affairs in 1931 and acted as an advocate of German foreign policy across Europe throughout the 1930s. Seeing the disasterous direction Hitler and the Nazi party were taking Germany, he joined the failed 1944 bomb plot to kill Hitler. Guilty of treason and unwilling to sign a confession, Haushofer was shot by the SS in 1945 as Russian troops entered Berlin. But according to former CIA analyst, Ray McGovern, after he was shot, the SS found a confession note in his pocket, written as a sonnet. But it was not what they expected. Here is an English translation of the original German:
I am guilty,
But not in the way you think.
I should have earlier recognized my duty;
I should have more sharply called evil evil;
I reined in my judgment too long.
I did warn,
But not enough, and clear;
And today I know what I was guilty of.
[The last line is a play on words, and can also be translated:
"And today I know what had been my obligation."]
This note is reminder to all of us that we need to start calling evil evil, rather than foolishly and dangerously thinking it safer to stay silent and do nothing. What happened in Nazi Germany is happening in America, Europe and other Western nations right now — today! We seem to have forgotten the lessons of history, preferring to give ever greater powers to our leaders in exchange for 'security', just as the Germans did in the 1930s. As Edmund Burke famously said: Evil prevails when good men do nothing.